The olive tree, has been cultivated in the region of Messinia since the 12th century BC. According to Archaeological excavations, the juice of the olive tree was of enormous importance for the society of the time.
All of Messinia is a vast Olive Grove. Propitious climate and sunshine, in combination with small holding, which allows each grower to take loving care of each olive tree and to pick the olive fruit when it is mature enough yet not too mature, are responsible for the superior quality of the fruit itself. A large number of modern olive presses run by people who have a deep knowledge of the secrets of the production of olive oil lead to the creation of a superior olive oil.
The Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Messinia was founded in 1987, it numbers 244 first instance cooperatives and 26000 natural persons as its members. It only uses the produce of Messinia, through its members, in order to ensure the highest quality for the final product.
It is one of the first Unions in Greece to have been awarded ISO 9001, certified according to TUV Germany and a HACCP file. Its well trained staff allows it to respond to the high demands now placed by international regulations concerning issues of food safety and quality.
Messinia, the land of the Olive Tree and of the Olive Oil, yields the world famous Kalamata Olives and Kalamata Olive Oil, particularly the Messinia Olive Oil, a 100% pure and natural fruit juice of the highest quality and of unique nutritional value, which has been ranked in the category of Extra Virgin Olive Oil after a series of chemical analyses.